• Thursday Oct 20, 2016

    Pachuca survives 4-4 draw to gain SCCL quarters

    Pachuca's Erick Gutierrez (left) celebrates with Hirving Lozano after scoring against host Olimpia in a Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League match on October 19, 2016, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. (Photo: Mexsport)

    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- Pachuca sealed its place in the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals, holding on in a wild 4-4 draw with Olimpia in the final match of Group E Wednesday.

    Victor Guzman, Franco Jara, Jonathan Urretaviscaya and Erick Gutierrez scored for the visiting Tuzos (3W-1D-0L, 10 points), who gave back the lead three times.

    Pachuca needed to avoid a two-goal loss and was made to work for advancement as Romell Quioto, Bryan Johnson, Carlo Costly and Carlos Will Mejia tallied for the host on a wet night at the Estadio Tiburcio Carias Andino.

    On a night that included two penalty kicks, torrential rains and a 30-minute delay for a lighting malfunction, the Lions (2-1-1, 7) fell short of their third quarterfinal trip.

    Pachuca opened the scoring in the 13th minute, when Guzman headed home from four-yards out off Hirving Lozano's right-sided cross, before Olimpia leveled in 32nd minute on Quioto’s header from a Bayron Mendez feed.

    Jara put Pachuca back in front on a 35th-minute penalty kick, only for Johnson to make it 2-2 in the first minute of stoppage time by heading Mendez's left-sided free kick past goalkeeper Alfonso Blanco.

    Pachuca went up 3-2 in the 59th minute on Urretaviscaya’s brilliant 25-yard free kick as he bent a shot over the defensive wall before it dipped under the crossbar.

    Ten minutes later, the Mexican side increased its lead to 4-2 later on a crafty goal that included four players in the buildup down the left flank. Omar Gonzalez laid the final pass back to Gutierrez, who drove in a low finish beyond goalkeeper Noel Valladares and inside the penalty area.

    Costly closed Olimpia’s deficit to 4-3 in the 81st minute when he drove Kevin Alvarez’s cross into the roof of the net from close range. Mejia earned and converted a penalty in the final minute of regular time to provide a few final nervous moments.

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